“13 Reasons Why” star Christian Navarro is looking forward to start a new chapter of his career after wrapping up the popular adult drama. He says the show has given everyone great tools to carve out a “real career”, and he is excited to see where everyone’s career goes after the show.
“I’m so excited to see where everyone’s career goes after this,” Navarro told IANS in an interview.
The actor, who essays role of the dependable Tony Padill in the Netflix show further said, “I’ve seen these actors do incredible things, push boundaries, really look in the mirror and challenge themselves to be better every day… And to show up at work, all dedicated to the same purpose. These three years have been really unique. There’s no ego, we show up and we try and tell the story to the best of our ability. We’ve learned how to be adaptable, we’ve learned how to be professional, we’ve learned how to carry a show. We all take lessons away from us for the rest of our lives.”
For Navarro, saying goodbye to the show won’t be easy. “We are a family now and it would be hard to say goodbye. But it’s not goodbye, it’s a new beginning. I think we’re all really ready for it, and prepared. This show has given us the tools to go out and make a real career out of these roles,” said the actor of Puerto Rican descent.
Taking inspiration from Jay Asher’s 2007 novel, the Netflix show by Brian Yorkey started with the story of a teenager Hannah Baker, who commits suicide leaving behind a box of cassette tapes, blaming people in her school for driving her decision to kill herself. The show also features Alisha Boe, Dylan Minnette, Brandon Flynn and Justin Prentice among others in pivotal roles.
The show premiered in 2017 and has since evolved by putting spotlight on bigger issues like bullying, rape, sexual assault, drunk driving, dark side of technology, slut shaming and school shooting. Navarro’s Padilla is also battling his inner demons, revolving around his sexuality and his status as an immigrant.
When asked if he relates to any of the issues that the show addresses he said, “The thing that comes to mind immediately is the current political state in this country (the US) and what’s going on the borders with the immigrants. My character’s story really leans into that in the third season. It was really hard to film it last year… But I was incredibly proud to portray that,” said the 28-year-old.
The third season of “13 Reasons Why” went live earlier this year and the show will wrap up its story with the fourth season.
When asked about his plans after the series wraps up Christian Navarro concluded saying, “I’m going to take some time to spend with my family, my friends and my girlfriend.”